91st Giro d'Italia - Rest Day
Rest day comments and Injury List
Giro rest day one -
Riccardo Riccò at the press conference
Meanwhile, in Italy, the 91st Giro d´Italia had its first rest day today, and
SAUNIER DUVAL-SCOTT held a press conference drawing many different media. The
leader of the yellow squad, Riccardo Riccò, said he was optimistic for the rest
of the Italian Grand Tour, whose stage ten tomorrow will be a 39-kilometre ITT
from Pesaro and Urbino.
These are some of "La Cobra"´s remarks:
"I've improved my time-trial skills over last year, but I still don't know
how it will unfold tomorrow. I'd be content with giving up to two minutes to
Klöden, but then I shouldn't let Di Luca go off. Anyway, tomorrow is a decisive
leg for other riders, not for me. We need riders like Savoldelli, Menchov or
Leipheimer to take control of the Giro and give us climbers time.
I'm not nervous, I've scored two stage wins and there are quite a few
mountain stages ahead. Even if I didn't do well tomorrow, if I came in far
behind the first bunch, I'd still have a lot of legs to make up for lost time.
So I have to be relaxed and take it easy. My Giro´s been perfect so far, and
I´ll be on the attack if I feel fine, but I know I must give up some things if
I'm interested in the GC. Am I nasty because I'm taking too many victories? Name
a rider who's willing to give his victories away! When you can win, you have to
win, there's no other way. Di Luca? He´s below last year's shape, or maybe I'm
above. Anyway, our duel hasn't been too close. Neither of us has attacked the
other one, so you can't tell who's stronger, can you?.
Astana Injury Update
Alberto Contador Has Minor Elbow Fracture
Alberto Contador’s visit to the radiologist today revealed a fissure in the
radius head of his left elbow. The fracture without dislocation stems from his
Stage 8 crash from Rivisondoli to Tivoli. Though Contador was able to complete
the stage and yesterday’s Stage 9, the bruising and discomfort prompted a formal
examination on the Giro d’Italia’s first rest day. The x-rays showed that the
fracture is stable and the 2007 Tour de France Champion has been cleared to ride
“As all riders know, winning a Grand Tour takes some hard work, luck and
health. Unfortunately, having a small fracture does not make the journey to
Milan any easier, but I’m motivated and will try to fight through the pain,”
said Contador after his afternoon training ride. “I do not intend to leave the
race”, commented Alberto Contador at his return to the team hotel. “During my
training ride of today, I felt my elbow, but I felt as well that I could do the
normal or desired efforts. So, why should I leave the race then? Moreover, this
race is one of the big cycling monuments. I am a hard one, I stay. The last days
my legs felt better and better. The longer I was in the Giro, the better I felt.
An extra problem can be that, due to the position of the injury, the
aerodynamic position on the time trial bike cannot be fully obtained. “That is a
problem for tomorrow”, continues Alberto Contador. “I hope I still make a good
time trial. The doctors tell me that it is a small fracture. With a bit luck, I
can recover a bit during the “easier” stages of Wednesday to Friday.”
Sports Director Sean Yates recognized that the first week of the Giro was
quite a challenge for his Team. “After a week of crashes and Grand Tour style
racing, it’s good to have this rest day. We lost Steve Morabito the other day
[dislocated shoulder], the Goose [Vladimir Gusev] was banged up earlier in the
week and now Alberto has a small fracture. It’s certainly not ideal for any team
vying for the Maglia Rosa, but we’ll reexamine the injuries after each stage and
hopefully make it to Milan with the remaining eight riders.”
Kazakh rider Assan Bazayev spent his rest day afternoon at the dentist.
CSC's McGee in Surgery Today
In agreement with the doctors at the hospital in Monaco Bradley McGee has
decided to undergo surgery to have a plate placed in his shoulder in order to
minimize future complications with his collar bone and to be able to recover
McGee crashed during third stage of Giro d'Italia and broke his collarbone.
Unlike fellow countryman and teammate Stuart O'Grady McGee's fracture was a
complicated one so he has been through a lot of examinations and procedures over
the last couple of days. But on Thursday the game plan was set and ready.
"I've been to the hospital today to get the results of my x-rays and stuff
and we've decided that I should have an operation done on Monday to have a plate
inserted in my shoulder. I'm happy about that because I've broken my collarbone
before and if you just let it heal on its own you get problems with it later on
so it's better to have the plate inserted. It prevents future problems and I'll
be able to come back a lot quicker," says McGee, who knows what he's talking
about as he already has a plate in his other shoulder.
"I can't stand up too long at the moment because it's uncomfortable because
of the pain, but after the operation I think I'll be back on the home trainer
Wednesday next week. I've got this special apparatus, which takes the weight off
my shoulders on the home trainer so I'm able to lean forward. I've used this
machine before so I know the drill," concludes McGee, who is now just waiting to
see how fast he's able to get back on the road again.
McGee and O'Grady sidelined with broken collar bones
Australians Brad McGee and Stuart O'Grady have both suffered broken collar bones
after two separate crashes during Stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia but both believe
the injuries will not derail their preparation for the Tour de France or
campaigns for Olympic selection.
McGee crashed 20 kilometres from the finish and was transported by ambulance
to hospital while O'Grady remounted to finish the stage before later withdrawing
from the race. Both Team CSC riders will seek further medical advice. McGee, 32,
has experienced a broken collar bone in the lead up to an Olympic Games before
breaking his left collar bone only weeks before claiming the bronze medal in the
individual pursuit in Sydney in 2000.
"This time it's my right collar bone which I last broke when I was a junior,"
said McGee who was on his way to catch a flight back to his European home in
Monaco. "I'll limp back and get the doctors there to have a look at it."
McGee says if doctors decide to pin the break he will be back racing in a
couple of weeks but otherwise it might be four weeks before he can race again.
"So it's not so bad and I know the process with these sorts of injuries," said
McGee admitting the injury hasn't come at the best time. "I was in super form
and I was feeling fantastic," said McGee. "It was my time to 'make hay' and now
I've been sat on my arse a little bit.
"Sitting in the ambulance going to hospital I was not in a good state but as
soon as I cleaned up, put a sling on and stood up I thought okay that's done,
let's move forward," said McGee.
O'Grady, 34, says his collar bone injury is 'a good break' and he expects to
be racing again in a couple of weeks. "I've busted them all a few times (collar
bones) and this one is a good break if you can call it that," said O'Grady. "I
got to the finish on pure adrenalin and then it kicked in (realised he was
injured) but I should be back training in a few days."
He too expressed frustration at another injury setback. In 2007 he suffered
major injuries including multiple rib fractures, a punctured lung and broken
right shoulder in a crash during the Tour de France but recovered and returned
to racing. "It's just bad luck and there's nothing you can do about it," he
said. "Some guys just make stupid mistakes and ride like idiots and when they go
down they take you with them and you can't do anything about it.
"I keep coming back from these things - it's like a little challenge," said
O'Grady. "Everything happens for a reason because each time I come back bigger
and better. "It's frustrating because my form was great and I was feeling good,"
he said. "I was looking forward to riding it (Giro) but will now go back to the
original plan of (Tours of) Luxemburg and Switzerland then the team training
camp before the Tour (de France).
"I still don't know what the Olympics hold for me and I won't know until end
of June," said O'Grady noting the time line for Cycling Australia to nominate
cyclists to the Australian Olympic Committee who will select the cycling team
O'Grady has represented Australia on the track at the past four Olympic Games
claiming one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. McGee has contested three
Olympic Games for Australia claiming one gold, one silver and three bronze
medals in track events.
Cycling Australia website www.cycling.org.au
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